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  FOX News    Americas News HQ    News/Business.  
   Analysis of the day's news.  

    January 30, 2010
    4:00 - 6:00pm EST  

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"patriot's history of the united states." "new deal or raw deal." you want to see the future, look at the past. woodrow wilson, "the roots of >> julie: i'm julie banderas and welcome to a brand-new hour. >> gregg: i'm gregg jarrett. topping the news, snow and ice, many states getting hammered with a power. winter punch. how long will the nasty weather stick around. >> julie: plus more car trouble for toyota as the list of recalls gets bigger. how long will it take to get the problem fixed. >> gregg: the white house reconsidering its decision to hold the 9/11 trials in low manhattan, that comes amid growing opposition to the plan from congress as well as city and state leaders and critics citing security concerns over
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holding the trials just blocks from ground zero. molly henneberg is following the story live in washington. molly, both republicans and democrats spoke out about the idea, what are they saying. >> molly: that would lead to a security and traffic nightmare and cost over one billion dollars to try the five al-qaeda terrorists including the 9/11 mastermind in manhattan. they want the obama administration to change course. lisfen to this. >> they don't have any idea of the impact or security implications but they made such a decision, it was driven by ideology. now it's blowing up in their faces. >> we are just elated that our concerns are being considered by the president and the federal government. >> molly: the obama administration has not said definitely that the trials will be moved, just that officials are, quote, considering options. >> gregg: what does the administration do now.
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>> molly: even now they are trying to figure a way to pay for the extra security. a senior source tells fox there may be a line in the president's budget proposing $200 million to help pay for increased security for whatever city or cities that may eventually hold the trial. >> gregg: another city in the state of new york actually wants the trial held there. what's that about? >> the mayor of newberg new york 60 miles north of manhattan and they say they have a state of the art courthouse and the city would benefit from the publicity but he wants federal taxpayer dollars. >> gregg: i think he has lost a bit of popularity almost overnight. we'll have more on that later on. thanks very much molly henneberg in washington. >> julie: much of the east coast
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is getting hit with pretty nasty winter weather. winter storm spreading all over the coast, in fact, snow is falling as far as south as virginia and the carolinas, it could be bad news for anyone planning to hit the roads or airports this weekend. mary ann is live in tennessee, i can see snowy with something wet coming down with that umbrella. >> reporter: hi, julie. it's pretty miserable, no snow but steady rainfall and all day long. you can tell it snowed here yesterday. we drove in last night. we were trying to go further north, but i-7835 was treacherous. we were sliding all over the road. we decided to stay here. what we've got is all this snow. rain has been falling and its melting, but the forecasters are worried when it freezes again that all this stuff is ice over and make the roads very dangerous. >> julie: and north carolina and virginia are getting pounded
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right now. what is the story overnight. >> reporter: we can see what the storm has already done, in places like arkansas and oklahoma, dumped a lot of snow, caused a lot of problems with downed power lines, hundreds of thousands of people without power. in north carolina and virginia a lot of snow falling, expecting up to a foot in southern virginia and north carolina. they will be dealing with a lot of the same issues. in preparation for that the governor declared a state of emergency ahead of the storm so they would have all the emergency staff and personnel in place just in case they are needed, just in case it becomes worse before it gets better. >> julie: when can people expect any kind of relief? >> we know that here, at least in chattanooga, it's supposed to warm up in the 40s, a lot of this stuff will melt up, what they are worried about, what is it going to happen overnight in the roadways when all of this
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stuff freezes. you are looking at a fountain in the middle of town, there is a little bit of ice on top of the water and as it gets colder, emergency personnel will be keeping a close eye on the weather. >> julie: thank you very much. where the storm heading. what can we expect. janice dean is in the fox weather center. >> we have a beautiful picture out of washington, d.c. where they are expecting half a foot of snow, always pretty to see the snow on our district capital there. a beautiful picture but, of course, it's quite another thing if you are out there on the roadways where things are getting treacherous. as mary ann mentioned, all the way through east coast, back through tennessee and kentucky, they are dealing with not only snow but ice accumulations on the roadways and power lines,
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state of emergency in several states right now. let's take a look at the radar. i'll show you where the storm is heading. this is the last day in terms of snow and sleet and rain. but, of course, as the temperatures cool off tonight, we're going to worry about things refreezing on all of the wet roadways. so let's take a look at the snow right now. there is the snow and seeing quite a bit of snow, six inches, higher amounts in virginia, virginia beach, nine inches of snow. further south, more rain and sleet and south of that, mainly just a rain event. we do have rain across central and northern parts of florida. let's take a look at some of the snow totals in areas that don't typically see a lot of snow. parts of tennessee over a foot. north carolina, arkansas, kentucky, so it's going to be a big cleanup once the storm is done. for south carolina, still under a ice storm warning, things will
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look better sunday into monday but temperatures will remain cold across much of the country. look at these temperatures across chicago, cleveland 21, 20 in new york city, 33 in kansas, so right around this area, they are going to worry about the freeze and wind chill making it feel cooler, feels like 8 in cleveland. so bottom line, it looks like winter is going to stick with us. i don't think that groundhog is going to come out next week. i think he is going to stay inside. >> julie: they make snuggies for pets now, so maybe he'll get snuggie for a dog. >> gregg: this is a fox news alert. an update on toyota, massive recall with gas pedals. the federal government has now
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cleared the company as word that dealers will get the needed parts some time this coming week. laura ingle will be joining us with the details coming up. >> julie: in year one he focused on health care reform. in year two, it appears tackling unemployment but today president obama detailed another issue he is calling critical. now, the details from zblrk the president's mantra appears to be jobs, jobs, jobs but he said something just important as that the deficit. >> it's critical that we rein in the budget deficit. zests that won't burden our children, but could drive up markets and jeopardize our recovery right now. >> he says there are three ways to do it. pay as you go, for every program there has to be a specific way to pay for it. two, a spending freeze on
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everything from social security and medicare and medicaid. and fiscal commission, it would be a weaker version what just got defeated in the senate. he mixed it up with republicans over the economy in baltimore. at one point he complained the question was be a example of how hard it was to have a bipartisan conversation. he is another take on the meeting. >> i said i haven't been an obstructionist. you haven't been the one that has been following through. but that is the dialogue we need. if we get the house democrats to come in, we would have a lot of progress. >> former president george h.w. bush and his son jeb paid a call in the office. mr. bush was in town for a meeting. >> julie: caroline, thank you very much. >> gregg: house speaker nancy pelosi insisting this week the push for health care reform is
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alive and well. she she is saying that the house will implement several strategies to get a reform bill passed whether that works or not. what does it mean for the political landscape in the upcoming midterm elections. by ron york, chief correspondent for the washington examiner, he is live in washington. byron, if health care reform does not pass, democrats invariably will be criticized for spending too much time on something that failed. if it does pass, they will be criticized for doing something that many americans just don't want. so might democrats be hurt by this no matter what? >> absolutely stuck right now. that is exactly the argument that the democratic leadership in the house is using right now trying to get reluctant democrats to stay on board. they say, look, you voted for it once. your republican opponent will beat you over the head with it. now, the scared democrats are
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saying, gee, i don't know if it makes any sense to make the same mistake again. they are facing this problem because poll after poll really since last summer has shown that the american public is very hesitant and does not approve of the bills on the table right now. >> gregg: some in congress is talking about passing this in a way that would avoid the necessity of 60 votes. budget carry reconciliation, 51 votes in the senate and passing the original senate version in the house. gin how unpopular the health care measures have been already, would democrats simply being making matters worse for themselves by using what may be perceived to be a loophole? >> exactly. gregg, that might possibly technically work if democrats trusted each other. there is a huge distrust in the house among democrats. they feel the democrats in the
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senate, if the house was to pass the bill now, they feel they can't trust democrats to make those changes. this whole idea of reconciliation, you can get around the filibuster, it takes 51 votes but it's a limited technique. you can't make all the changes you want to make. it does give the impression because the bills are unpopular with public. they have had to cut corners and use -- twist themselves into a pretty zell, that would feed into the corn husker kickback and labor deals, all the things that the public have disapproved of the process. >> gregg: and those shady back room deals are rick go in the ears of members of congress. how about passing a smaller scale version that is less ambitious and controversial and costly, could the president then claim the mantle of success?
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>> that is plan "b" at the moment. there are certainly some things they can do. democrats will say that to do all the things they want, for example, to eliminate the possibility that insurance companies will deny coverage to people with preexisting conditions, they say you simply can't could that as a small standalone fix, you need a mandate and back to a huge bill. there is a huge argument going on among democrats what you can do as a small standalone matter as what you can do in the far-reaching bill. >> why would you get health insurance if you wouldn't be penalized having come down with a medical condition that would be regarded as preexisting. it's kind of a catch-22 on that one. byron, mr. obama's approval ratings have fallen further and faster than any modern american president. is that a cons consequence of an
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overly ambitious agenda and a stubborn misunderstanding of his electoral mandate. that was the suggestion from evanbie. they are upset over not just heath care but the economic legislation. if you look at all those polls together, you get a sense that after 2009 the public felt that the president and democrats in congress were working in going too fast on too many fronts. it's not that the public disagreed with everything they were tried trying to do but they were sending a message that you are trying to do too much. that is probably the main factor contributing to the president's decline over the past several months. >> gregg: good to see you, thank you byron. >> julie: f.b.i. cleared a passenger who apparently triggered a security scare on
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yet another plane, this plane was bound for columbia, continental flight 881 was on its way to new jersey to bogata where the flight, the pilot was told a passenger may be on the no-fly list. authorities realized that the passenger did not match the name on that list. >> gregg: tensions are mountings between the united states and china. there is a report saying that china is suspending military exchanges with the u.s. and threatening sanctions against american companies. all of it stemming from the arms sale to taiwan. the taiwan issue is the most sensitive topic. they claim that taiwan as its own, but the united states is bound by law to ensure that the island nation can respond to any chinese threats. >> julie: a tragedy day in
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afghanistan, mistaken identity that led to the death of four afghan soldiers. now, the latest from kabul, afghanistan. >> reporter: i it's being called a misunderstanding, but a serious misunderstanding that led to the death of four afghan soldiers. according to a nato spokesman, a joint afghan and u.s. patrol was returning home early this morning when it was still dark out in an area just south of kabul. about 3:00 a.m. they came under heavy attack. they returned fire and they called in a nato air strike thinking they were hitting a taliban fighting position. it turned out it was a newly afghan military base. now today, this afternoon, a military spokesman for the afghan ministry of defense, criticized the americans calling for calling an air strike and demanded they be punished. nato is investigating this
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incident. stanley mcchrystal has placed an emphasis on protecting afghans, also civilians and military partners that work with the u.s. military and other international countries here in afghanistan. this will be a real blow to that strategy of protecting the afghan people, especially since they made such progress in recent weeks and recent months in protecting afghan civilians. afghan civilian deaths caused by nato troops way down. but this is type of incident as afghan security forces take a larger role in establishing security, whether it's because of a fog of war or communication breakdown, there is a problem between communicating between the forces. this is the type that general mcchrystal will have to work very hard over the next couple of months to try to prevent these types of things in happening. >> julie: conner powell, thanks
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very much. >> gregg: tens of thousands of haitians are homeless, they are desperate on the streets of port-au-prince. we joined a haitian police patrol through the devastating capital city. what we saw, after the break.
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president obama: i took a trip to elkhart, indiana, today. elkhart's a place that has lost jobs faster than anywhere else in america. the unemployment rate went from 4.7% to 15.3%. in fact, local tv stations have started running public service announcements that tell people where to find food banks... even as the food banks don't have enough to meet the demand. as we speak, similar scenes are playing out in cities and towns across america.
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>> julie: stories topping the news this hour, live pictures of the nation's capitol, what a white mess, a massive storm dumping heavy snow. forecasters say they could get half a foot of snow. president obama focusing on reducing budget deficits. he is praising pay as you go
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rules adopted by congress. he also promoted bipartisan saying that he won't accept opposition for opposition's sake. >> in pakistan the death toll is rising during a homicide bombing. at least 25 people are dead. latest attack comes after three days of fighting between security forces and militants in the area that killed dozens of insurgents. >> gregg: patience is building in haiti as earthquake survivors wait for food. police are patrolling tried to dissuade looters and gangs. hundreds of thousands of homeless are struggling to get by. rick has been following the progress. what is the latest on getting food to the people. >> reporter: gregg, roughly 600,000 people have gotten some kind of food assistance. there is a major distribution program set to begin early
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tomorrow morning where they give out large bags of rice to women only to aavoid skirmishes. they estimate 2 million people will need some kind of food assistance through december of this year. what we are seeing so far is just a drop in the bucket. >> gregg: what about shelter, any relief on that front? >> surprisingly, we had a crew just come from an airport press conference where the president, the u.s. official in charge of relief and other officials who tell us that shelter is no longer the top priority. an effort to get 200,000 tents and sent up tents where people can go. they are trying to focus getting the food and water and medicine to the people who are at this point living in the streets or living on their own home sites or 600 different locations spread out across port-au-prince under sheets and blankets and tarps and that sort of thing. there are a lot of issues for
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setting up a temporary refugee camp, it can be a full time refugee camp and it's hard to move people back out. surprising they are not putting more effort to get the people off the street or better shelter with some real sanitation facilities. >> gregg: as i understand it, you and your crew when on a ride with the haitian police. what did you find? >> the crew went out, a cameraman, producer went out with the haitian police to see what they are dealing with. about half of the haitian police force is not on the job today. about 9,000 police officers, now 4,000 to 5,000 officers are working. many of them are missing. 50 to 70 were killed. a lot of them lost family members, lot their own homes. there are a lot of challenges. they are patrolling in pickup trucks and patrolling on foot and many tent camps are responding to emergencies. they are often working out of
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make shift facilities themselves because many of the police stations were destroyed in the earthquake. here is more from the director of the police. >> most of the police stations being hit by the earthquake and can't be used. most of them are in the streets with no tents or nothing. >> reporter: he says in fact the crime situation in haiti is not nearly as bad as a lot of people thought it would be. yes, there is looting, they are arresting people daily but we had thousands of prisoners escape, so far they they're not committing as many crimes as feared. >> gregg: rick, thank you. >> julie: the economy forcing the nation's chain stores sink or swim. which chains could soon end up
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this is a fox news weather alert as we watch the nasty storm that has wreaked havoc across the southern plains and southeast. here is what is left of the storm bringing snow across the district of columbia and the temperatures of frigid. temperatures in the single digits, heading down towards the mid-atlantic region, 42 degrees and you got the freezing rain mixture. south of virginia beach, over nine inches of snow for you which is really incredible when you think about it. a lot of the areas aren't used to this much snow. winter weather advisories well
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into the evening. we will track the winter storm as it makes its way in towards the mid-atlantic. aim janice dean. >> gregg: toyota receiving welcome news from the federal government. regulators after the faulty gas pedal sparked massive recalls, the company getting the government's blessing on a plan to fix the big problem. laura ingle is live in new york with more on this. boy, i don't recall ever a recall that is this massive. >> this is a big one. we're talking about over four million cars worldwide. dealers and customers were hoping to hear, that it was nearing an end and a solution had been found. according to those briefed on the matter, federal regulators have signed off to fix the sticking gas pedal in selected models. the. now is expected to come monday morning and parts could be on the way thursday or friday according to one dealer.
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we don't have an official statement from the company, toyota president did talk with japanese public broadcaster at the world economic forum. he said we're extremely sorry to have made customers uneasy si. we plan to give an explanation that will remove commerce' concerns as soon as possible. meanwhile, honda is dealing with a voluntary recall of 646,000 cars. we're talking about the 2007, 2008 modems. it has problem with the master window switch. too much water hits the driver door, the panel can melt and ignite. there have been two fires due to the problem in the u.s. honda says it will notify customers by mail with how to when to have the vehicles inspected. tomorrow will be a big day for toyota when they run a letter in major newspapers. the ad is one of first moves to
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address the public on the safety problems since this all begin. >> gregg: it's reminiscent of the pickup trucks and exploding side pedal and the ford pinto that had the exploding gas tank. that's very much laura ingle. >> julie: federal regulators shutting down six banks in five states, banks in california, georgia, florida, minnesota and washington bringing the total number of failures so far this year to 15. on top of a 140 shuttered in 2009, the money that is insured by the fdic $250,000 is not at rick. >> 2010 is shaping up to be a bad year for major businesses. big chains like block bus fer borders, being hit hard. what are in the worst shape.
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joining us is patricia powell, founder of the powell financial group. i don't think it's any surprise to most of us that blockbuster video is not doing well in this recession. there is too much competition for retailers like blockbuster. is it really closing time for some of america's biggest retailers? >> i think blockbuster has a model i don't think i can fix. they are slammed with technological changes. that is going to be exacerbated by the recession and consumers tightening on their wallets. when was the last time you rented a movie from blockbuster as opposed to watching it via the internet or some other service, whether that be through the cable operator. that is really tough model for them. and traditional competitor of netflix, closing thousand stores. don't know how they are going to fix it. >> julie: which are in the worst
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shape? >> blockbuster is clearly one. borders is another one. office technology is a problem with the kindle, electronic delivery of books, internet being able to buy it much cheaper. you have a tough time to fix the model. maybe that local book seller, if it happens to be borders may not see in the next few years. i think the technology is profound for us as it was during the industrial revolution. >> julie: they got the qend will and mac came out with successor. i don't know how it's going to compete with that. people love to sit down and read a book. i myself like to feel pages in my hand. maybe the book stores will do better than the video stores. who knows. retail is not dead. >> no. >> julie: actually retailers that were able to benefit from
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the tough times? >> first of all they got their act very quickly. a place like starbucks, got their act together. they closed 200 outlets that were not doing particularly well. then when you think about it, as it became evident we were going back to recovery, people were buying their $4 cup of lattee. so the model still works. >> julie: everything delivers in new york city. >> you of to buy the cup of coffee and hopefully buy something else. >> julie: we appreciate you coming in. >> gregg: the price of gold is over a thousand bucks an ounce, it isn't surprising that modern day prospectors are looking for a new american gold rush. some think they found it in arizona. live in goldfield, arizona.
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you talk about the soaring price of gold and that has history repeating itself here out west. >> it was the late 1870s, the gold rush passed and they started moving east. sleepy town of goldfield, arizona was a booming mining spotted. >> there were 5,000 people that were here. >> they were 50 active mines, the story goes only 15 actually yielded a jackpot. now commercials dominating the airwaves and a modern day gold rush is in full swing. >> every time the price of gold goes up, it means the economy is going bad and people are looking for gold. >> and here in the palm of my hand, roughly 16 ionsz of gold, that is worth about $17,000.
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>> for amateurs, striking it rich is a lot harder than it looks. >> the pros huge heavy equipment to dig down searching for gold embedded deep in the rocks and mineral. >> then you have to crush it and separate it and refine it. it's a long hard process. you're not going the to stick your pick in the ground and find a chunk of gold. >> reporter: we understand it's very difficult to pinpoint how many are out here because they want to keep their locations secret in case they strike it big, that way they can keep it all to themselves. >> gregg: no stone left unturned. casey, good to see you. >> julie: hackers infill rated the websites of dozens of members of the house. how vulnerable are america's critical sfrush to cyber attacks? we'll take a close look at the state of america's cyber security.
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>> gregg: new concerns raised about the nation's cyber security. a new survey, operators of power plants and other critical infrastructure finding that half were infiltrated by hackers. report coming days after the websites of 49 house and senate committee members were hacked after president obama's state of the union address. i should say they were house and not senate. what needs to be done to keep the network safe. a former department justice federal prosecutor for online crimes, chief security for online properties at news corporation our parent company. good to see you. if hackers were able to sabotage let's say for example, power grids, water and sewage systems,
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maybe oil and gas companies, what would the fallout look like? >> this is one of those things, let me put something in perspective. this is like in the real world, there is physical security threats that have existed for many years. in the online world that is also happening. two worlds have merged into one. in the physical world, you look at the nation's capital, other places around the country and there are metal detectors. what you need is metal detectors for the cyber world. >> gregg: if we suffered a massive attack, you are talking about widespread power outages, floods, oil leaks, sewage spills not to mention stolen files, spying e-mails. just wreaking havoc on america. >> exactly. what this should be seen a as a big wake-up call. for everyone at home, it's a wake-up call, i'll take what
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happened with the congressional websites and compare to tha to the power grids. there are black cat hackers, black hat hackers are the criminals that are doing that, gray hat used to do that but we want to do good. white hat hackers are the professionals, security folks that know how to stop these attacks. what the government needs to do is open up its arms and embrace the white hat community, come on in. do penetration on it, find the problems and solve them. that could be done in the power grids, in the status systems and all the different things you talked about. >> gregg: as i've been reading, utilities are increasingly using mainstream software. connecting operations to the internet so that technicians can service problems remotely which sounds like a great idea, but is that part of the problem, that, therefore, leaves us vulnerable?
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>> what i was saying before, the world is now interconnected, online and off line has become one. that is perfect example where the problems can arise. it's a wake-up call for consumers at home, your computer if it's vulnerable can be used in one of these systems. what we have to do, is looking at that and say what can be done about it. even for the consumer at home. for example, you can make sure that your security software is up to date. using anti-virus is turned on. and when you see the security update button come on, you see a remind me later, what do you do, you press the remind me later. on the other hand in the physical world, you wouldn't do that. hey, you left your lights on on, you say and run out there and lock your door and come back in. we have to start as a society, government and public, private
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sector, all of us together have to start thinking about security the same exact way we have thought about it in the physical world. frankly they are one and the same. there are definitely things that can be done here. >> gregg: we need to embrace the white house, there is going to be the black hats, foreign governments who want to do us harm. thank you very much for being with us. fascinating topic. >> julie: injuries in sports may go hand in hand but concussions can be dangerous and even deadly. now states are taking action, what they are planning to attack athletes and what you can do, next. get wrapped up in the luscious taste of butternut squash, blended with delicate herbs.
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>> gregg: stories making headlines, a major winter storm is pounding the south eastern
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u.s. as it climbs up the east coast. more than 14,000 customers without any power in parts of north carolina. >> obama administration looking at alternate locations to try the 9/11 suspects. a major backlash causing the white house to reconsider plans to hold the trial in lower manhattan. >> chinese state run media saying the defense ministry is suspending military exchanges with the united states. citing a plan an arms sale between the u.s. and taiwan. >> julie: each year many americans suffer from sports and recreational concussions. now, the issue is getting attention. some are considering tough new restrictions on athletes, requiring athletes to get doctor approval to take the field
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again. joining us is a doctor from mt. sinai, also a member of the fox news medical team. doctor, always nice to have you on. half a dozen states are considering toughening restrictions on young athletes after head injuries that ultimately can cause future strokes or brain cancer or what have you. are these measures long overdue? >> this is long overdue. over 3.8 million athletes are being diagnosed with this concussion. the effect of this on younger teenagers is much more severe than adults. as you know because of developmental growth, the effect is more serious and it takes longer for them to heal. so there is a law that just passed as a result of protects
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athletes to protect them to get back in the game and shake off the injuries. that is very important law because we know that these kids can really be injured because of the syndrome that could be devastating and cause death. under this law, any teenager under the age of 18 that is showing signs of concussion, headaches, dizziness or blurred vision is going to be out of game unless they are reviewed by a medical examiner, a licensed medical doctor that is going to give them a medical clear to get back in the game. i think it's a great law. >> julie: not just young athletes, n.f.l. has recently talked about stricter guidelines when it comes to head injuries and brain concern being related to concussions. as we know, football players often suffer the most common injury is concussions. but before they actually make it
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to the pros, what do we need to know to keep our kids safe now. how do we know when it's time to actually let them return to play? >> that is a very excellent question. i think a lot of the young athletes are looking at the boxers and n.f.l. players and they see the impact of these head injuries. they use that as a role model. i think what has happened in the past, they have symptoms of bravery or match cho mentality where they don't want to stay on the sidelines, the parents and coaches are pushing them to get back in. as a result of that and the family, now it's taken out of their hands and it's going to be the law and going to protect them. if they show any signs of concussion, they will be out of the game. it's important to have coaches that are trained in catastrophic brain injuries or like nurses that are on the side lines, to
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evaluate these players before they can get them back in the game. the important point that you brought up, which is a secondary impact syndrome is a serious and fatal problem. because of the original concussion, it takes some time for the brain to heal, you fu let them get back in the game, they could have major injuries which could be devastating to many families. we have seen players like zach who had an injury in the first part of the game and in the second part and ended up being in the coma for two weeks. for the past three years he has been going through rehab. it's a serious problem. i'm glad that more and more states are going to give more attention to this issue. >> julie: it makes you think, one concussion you are out permanently. why let them return to the game because it hasn't been determined that brain cancer could be the result of more than one concussion. brain injuries --
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>> it's devastating. i'm glad you are emphasizing this point. brain is a sensitive organ. any kind of jolt or trauma to the brain could be devastating because there is no space in that area and could have permanent effect on these athletes. obviously, the parents and families, the effects are devastating. having this law to keep them out of game to make sure they are safe, it's a very important topic. i'm glad we're talking about it. >> julie: me, too. er hope something gets done. doctor, thank you very much. >> gregg: white house is rethinking it's decision to hold the trials for the 9/11 suspects in new york city. critics of the plan hold the trials just blocks from ground zero get their way, we're going head to washington. a live update on where the trials may be headed. that is straight ahead. if you're taking 8 extra-strength tylenol...
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michigan workers have been hammered by this recession. the state's official unemployment rate is 14.6%. the real rate of people out of work in michigan is likely much, much higher. but some folks are now getting back on their feet thanks to the no worker left behind program. peter is on the job hunt in benton harbor, michigan.
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>> reporter: 51-year-old suzanne is going back to school for a degree in hospitality management. >> there is two schools of thought when you lose your job. you can either sit and cry about it or you can get up and do something about it. i chose to do something about it. >> reporter: suzanne's tuition is paid for by michigan's no worker left behind program. the federally state funded initiatives helped more than 100,000 people since 2007 by sending them back to school to learn new skills in high demand industries. >> you have to either be unemployed or about to become unemployed, like you have a pink slip, or if you're working, only in that case your family income has to be $40,000 a year or less. >> reporter: those who qualify receive up to $10,000 for tuition and other academic expenses. terry credits the program for jump starting her new career as a medical assistant at this health clinic in southwestern
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michigan. >> people always need doctors. i figure it was a stable field. it's not something that can be outsourced. it will be needed forever. >> reporter: this is one of lake michigan's college welding classes and 72% of people who completed programs like this one or the ones you just saw already have new jobs. the program is helping out a lot of people here in the great lake state. in benton harbor, michigan, fox news. the obama administration considering other locations to hold the 9-11 terror trials now set for new york city. hello, everyone, i'm julie banderas. >> i'm gregg jarrett. welcome to america's news headquarters much the white house today insisting to fox news it's not made a final decision on a venue for that trial. the obama administration has been under growing public pressure over trying heavy
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confessed master mind khalid sheik mohammed in lower manhattan. >> other issues include increased worries over possible terrorist attacks, skyrocketing security costs, and the possibility of new york city turning into an armed camp. all of this apparently dooming the idea of trying these guys just blocks from ground zero. >> molly henneberg is live in washington with the very latest. molly, new york is still technically a possibility? >> reporter: yes, at least for now. maybe not for long. the obama administration tells fox that no final decision has been made about where to try self proclaimed 9-11 mastermind, khalid shaikh mohammed and four other terrorists. but an official with the justice department says, quote, we're considering our options. the pressure began to mount earlier this month when the mayor of new york city said it of $200 million a year to secure the trials and the police commissioner described what the gridlock would be like and eventually the administration signaled it would start looking
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elsewhere. word from congressional sources that there may be a line in the president's new budget, setting aside $200 million for security around the trials, wherever they may be. >> is there any indication where they might be? >> reporter: that's the big question. where to hold these trials. some new york republicans say this really belongs in the military court system. take a listen. >> right now a perfect facility in guantanamo bay. we have other military installations around the country where they can be held. it makes absolutely no sense. this is a needless spending of money, needlessly putting people at risk when there is no need to do it. it's an idealcally driven left wing agenda by the obama administration. >> but the aclu says it would be, quote, quite unfortunate if the administration backs away from civilian trials and the federal court system works fine. gregg? >> the mayor of newberg, new york, not that far away from new york city, says he wants the
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trials moved into his backyard. tell us about that. >> reporter: yes, he says newberg is convenient to manhattan, about 60 miles north. doesn't have the dense population, but does have a state of the art courthouse. here is more from the newberg mayor. >> part of the reason for me stepping up and saying that i might be willing to host this particular trial of these gentlemen was that we could use funding and some like this from the federal government would be such an influx to the city and along with that, the economic benefit. >> reporter: in part, he says from the international media covering the trial. gregg? >> all right, molly henneberg, i think we can barely see the snow storm behind you. thanks very much. parts of the south are getting socked by a massive winter storm.
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take a look at the white house. this was live at capitol hill and look at that weather. that was going on behind molly henneberg. a gray background. that's heavy snow hammering d.c virginia, georgia and the carolinas right now. wow. to make matters worse, the storm already knocking out power to tens of thousands of people across the region. in some areas the ice is the big story. freezing rain and sleet covering cities like little rock, memphis and nashville. we find marion in chattanooga, tennessee where they got snow and then some rain ask now what are you getting? >> reporter: now we're getting a strong bitterly cold wind. the rain tapered off. now we're dealing with this wind. last night we were driving in to chattanooga, it was completely different. there was sleet, mixture of sleet, snow and rain. it made the roads very slick, which is why we ended up in chattanooga. we were trying to go further north. here what they've been dealing with is power outages, any time
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you've got ice packing on anything, downed power line, tree branches are another fear, we do know at least one person here in tennessee died when a tree branch heavy with ice fell on her car. the governor of tennessee declared a state of emergency on friday as the storm was moving through in preparation for possible damage. now we know the storm is in north carolina, virginia. what we're seeing there, which you mentioned all the snow falling, in some places they were expecting up to a foot of snow in southern virginia and north carolina. julyly? >> what's the weather like in other parts of the country? >> reporter: that's what we're looking at right now. no way to really tell how bad the damage might be or how many people will be without power. you can look in other parts of the country like arkansas, oklahoma where there are hundreds of thousands of people without power right now. again, because of those downed power lines due to the ice. big concern will be overnight, even in areas like chattanooga where everything tapered off. they'll be watching the roadways
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because the rain that fell today, that will freeze over and that will make for some dangerous roads for anyone who ventures out tonight. julie. >> weather officials say it's over. >> here, where we are, and other southern city, they're expecting it to be warm tomorrow. get up into the 40s. they think the worst part of this is over and it's going to be sunny. a lot of this will clear out. what they're really concerned about is the ice that could form overnight because they are expect ago freeze again tonight in other parts of the south. >> thank you very much. gregg? >> it has been snowing for hours in some spots. how much longer will the snow storm last? janice is live. >> hi there. this is the last day for this southern snow storm. however, as mary ann mentioned, a lot of folks across oklahoma and arkansas, across dixie, are going to be dealing with this storm long after it passes in terms of power outages and damaged homes in some cases.
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a lot of car accidents, parts of i-40 shut down. looking at the storm right now, the bulk of the heavy snow still across the chesapeake bay. washington, d.c., over three inches for you much in some cases, we're setting records in terms of snowfall. looking at that icy mixture moving offshore, but again, as mary ann mentioned, a lot of the wet stuff that's still on the ground and with that freeze overnight tonight, it will make things like a skating ring. that's going to be potentially dangerous tomorrow. thank goodness it's a weekend and a lot of people won't be doing a lot of traveling. in terms of snow, which is what we've seen. in richmond, over a foot of snow, which is incredible. virginia beach, nine inches for you. dc, three inches. we could get anywhere from one to three inches on top of that snowfall. in some case, these snowfall totals are really incredible for parts of dixie. tennessee over a foot. 13 inches in mills river, sharp, arkansas.
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12 inches. richmond, 12 mitches. that is a daily record for asheville, north carolina. these totals are incredible. the other big story is the extreme cold that is moving in from canada. 17 in minneapolis. 23 in chicago. here is what it feels like with the winds in some cases, single and teens as we get into the overnight. so that cold air will remain with us throughout the workweek. i'm looking at the computer models. we could have another snow storm this time next week in the same areas. back to you. >> wow. >> it looks like 80 degrees in miami. >> i saw that. >> there is that. >> there is that. pro bowl tomorrow as well. >> yeah. who knew you were such a football fan? >> i just heard it somewhere. >> thank you. tough winter weather is also punishing folks on the other side of the atlantic. a winter storm is shutting down an entire ton in germany. yep. that's the way they're getting around right there on the skis. heavy snow and high winds are
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whipping through the northwestern region. police say the wintery weather is causing a traffic nightmare resulting in 300 accidents, killing three people. the obama administration getting and setting the stage for a pull back in spending. president obama says creating jobs is now his top priority. but he's also taking steps to bring the country's budget deficit under control. he's got a lot to do in 2010. now more on the story from washington. >> the president's man dtra appears to be jobs, jobs, he said there is something just as important as that, the deficit. >> it's critical that we rein in the budget deficits we've been accumulating for far too long. deficits that won't just burden our children and grand churn, but could damage our market, drive up our interest separates jeopardize our recovery right now. >> he says he has three ways to roll it back. pay as you go. for every program there has to be a specific way to pay for it. two, spending freeze on
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everything but medicaid, medicare, social security, and national security. and three, a fiscal commission. although it would likely be a weaker version than what just got defeated in the senate. the president mixed it up with republicans over the economy and the deficit at their house retreat yesterday. at one point, president obama complained the question was an example of how hard it is to have a bipartisan conversation. here is another reason congressman's take on the meeting. >> i looked the president in the eye and said, i haven't been an obstructionist. you haven't been the one following through. but that's the kind of dialogue we need. again, if we can get the house democrats to do the same thing, i think we'd make a lot of progress. >> he had another meeting with republicans this morning with a much smaller crowd. george h.w. bush and his son jeb paid a call in the oval office. we're told it was a social call because mr. bush was in town for a meeting. julie. >> thank you very much, reporting from washington. a fox news alert. the white house releasing a statement about the 2011 budget
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and cuts are on the way. the administration is planning to propose on monday some 120 items that can be eliminated or changed in the fiscal budget. the statement says the cuts will actually help save about $20 billion this year alone. the changes would include consolidating programs at the department of education, eliminating the advanced earned income tax credit, which the white house is describing as ineffective. should congress put the head on health care reform? an overwhelming majority of americans don't think so. by nearly a two to one margin, voters in recent rasmussen toll say they want congress to work on more immediate ways to improve the economy and most importantly, create jobs. but despite the strong sentiment out there, many house and senate leaders are still pushing forward on the legislation. so is there a plan to get health care reform completed in a
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timely enough way that will allow washington to work on other important issues. let's bring in kevin brady of texas, ranking member of the house joint economic committee. and democratic congressman john ad letter of new jersey, he sits on the financial services committee. thank you for coming on. >> thank you. >> congressman brady, let me start with you, the obama administration just unveiled a new jobs plan with tax breaks aimed at small businesses, a very much needed idea. but how is congress going to tackle these issues and when will they find time if they continue to hammer away at health care reform? >> well, obviously the white house took its eye off the ball for the past year and that's why we're still struggling. it's good to have them finally turn to it. but the truth is, small businesses aren't looking for gimmicks from congress. in fact, their biggest concern is congress, credit and consumers. congress is scaring them to death with higher health care prices, higher energy prices,
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higher taxes and mandates. they can't get credit. they're not asking for government credit. but they want the government to quit squeezing the local banks so they can turn that faucet back on. finally, customers aren't coming back because they're frightened by the deficit. they're frightened by what they hear coming out of washington. until you get jobs -- or businesses confident, they won't be punished when they add new workers, they're not going to see the recovery we want. >> congressman adler, studies suggest for every once percentage rise, about 1.1 million people, million more people i should add, become uninsured. so wouldn't it make sense to put the emphasis on small businesses, give them that tax incentive they need so they can hire those employees they had to lay off and provide those employees with health insurance? in other words, get people working first, insure them second? >> i think that's exactly right. i think our economy is the number one focus. i was happy to hear the
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president talking about it wednesday night. i think we should have been talking about it throughout 2009 every single day. kevin knows people, you know people, i know people that don't have jobs right now. people who have been working that can't find a new job. people coming out of college or high school, can't find their first job and cheated out of their opportunity to be part of the american dream. we got to have our focus be on those jobs, be on small businesses, give some stability, some predictability to the business community so it can do what it does well for the american public, which is grow opportunities and be part of the american dream. >> congressman brady, if health care reform hasn't passed and as it currently stands, won't get the vote of scott brown, what is congress' next step? >> well, what i'd like to see obviously, i'd like to see the president and speaker pelosi say, look, let's go back to the drawing board, let's sit down with republicans and take that step by step approach starting with driving down the cost of health care with lawsuit reform,
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for example. but i'm afraid i don't see that happening. it sounds like the speaker's intent on trying to push through the plan they already have. >> okay. you just mentioned sit down with republicans. the question is is that going to happen? congressman adler, many small businesses are toting a line of bankruptcy just to keep their current employees insured. when you talk about sitting down with republicans, house minority leader john boehner came up with an alternative which got voted down. essentially what it would do is let business groups pool resources to purchase coverage and allow insurance to be bought across state lines. that proposal was rejected 258-156 in november before the house approved the democratic legislation. when the republicans propose something, the democrats don't like it. so where is the middle road here? is there one? >> let me challenge you on that. >> what was wrong with boehner's alternative? maybe you can tell me. >> hold on a second. i'm actually one of the sponsors
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of the bill you just described. it's a bipartisan bill to allow businesses to shop for insurance across the lines, elect carriers come in across state lines. i don't care as the guy from new jersey if my businesses are buying from a new jersey blue cross or idaho. >> as long as you get the insurance, what difference does it make. right? >> exactly. i think it's a lost opportunity to reform the insurance market. we don't have capitalism working there. we got one or two carriers that dominate the market in the houston area, in the cherry hill, new jersey area and everywhere around this country and that's not working for consumers. it's driving business costs up and pushing more businesses towards bankruptcy, towards failure and more people towards unemployment. we can't afford that. we got to fix those markets. make them work for america. >> why didn't that vote go through then? >> i don't want to answer for the democrats or republicans. i can answer for me. i think that's a necessary market reform that would help america's employers and employees in a positive way.
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>> maybe you should talk to your fellow democrats in congress. >> i do. i talk to democrats and republicans. i've passed bills, kevin voted for bills that i introduced that are bipartisan for small business, for the economy, that are for creating jobs and letting people enjoy the american dream. we need more of that. i was very happy to see kevin and the republicans talking with democrat president. we need a lot more of that. that was a very positive sign from republicans and democrats alike of trying to work together. >> congressman brady, i'll give you the final word. >> well, i think the president is sincere, but i don't think the speaker is. we've tried repeatedly. we've offered solutions on everything from how to get the economy going to how to get health care costs down and how to get the deficit down. but we don't get anywhere, frankly, with the speaker and i don't see that changing, unfortunately. >> all right. congressman brady and adler, thank you very much for coming on and talking to us about this. >> thank you. >> the crisis in hatery, one of the biggest challenges facing the country is maintaining
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public order. the earthquake weakened the security forces, leaving people vulnerable to looting and gang violence. keeping the peace is a tough and dangerous job for the police in haiti as they patrol the open streets. let's go now to rick leventhal live in port-au-prince. rick, what's the biggest concern of the moment? >> reporter: for police, it's looting and escaped prisoners. a lot of people have become desperate with no goods and very little help, so they're going into some of these buildings that collapsed trying to steal things, according to police, and also there were 4,000 prisoners who escaped when their jail collapsed. some of them have been caught and some have turned themselves in. but the majority are still on the streets. in the meantime, police are continuing to patrol in their pick up trucks and on foot. they're wearing bullet proof vest, carrying shotguns and pistols and in many cases going into these tent camps that have sprouted up in any open space and every open space around the city. here is more about the challenges from the director of haitian police.
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>> we have provide security in the population. at the same time they are living in the streets the jail has been broken. they have escaped bad guys around. >> mario says that he actually got his passport back. his old passport, some kids found it when they were going through rubble and returned it to him. >> it's tough enough, their job, but they suffered losses as well, didn't they, the police? >> reporter: yeah. tremendous losses. first of all, there were 9,000 police officers in haiti before the quake. only about half have returned to work. 4 to 5,000. that's because many others lost family members, lost their own homes, and some of them were killed. there is 491 who are unaccounted for. 70 officers confirmed dead and 50 more badly injured. the head of police that you heard from there, his home was
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destroyed. his office was destroyed. he's working from a desk set up on a lawn of another operating police station. so they have some major challenges, gregg? >> all right. rick leventhal live in port-au-prince, thank you. >> states designating certain places historic to save the day from the wrecking ball, it's nothing new. but declaring stuff left on the moon by apollo astronauts as historic resources, that's out of this world. what went into getting this special recognition and how does it work? a former nasa astronaut weighs in, next.
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checking the top stories. china reacting to the u.s. plans to sell taiwan $6.4 billion in weapons.
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beijing now halting military exchanges with the u.s., punishing certain u.s. arms makers and warning it will hurt relations between the two countries. u.s. and afghan officials are calling it a case of mistaken identity. they say four afghan soldiers were killed when nato troops clashed with afghan soldiers and called in an air strike. the nationality of the nato troops isn't clear. nato says the incident is under investigation. toyota motor corporation getting the green light from federal regulators on a solution for the consider's sticky gas pedals. an official announcement is expected monday morning. sources say dealers could actually get new parts for the fix as early as thursday. state of california is naming an unusual place as an historic resource. it's not even in the u.s. or even on this earth. it's actually on the moon, the place where apollo 11 landed in 1969. the state's historical resources
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commission is moving to protect about 5,000 pounds of stuff left on the moon by astronauts neil armstrong and buzz aldrin. how exactly would this work and, well, what's up there anyway? joining me now is the author of "sky walking," tom johns. great to see you. what is up there? >> gregg, there is a big defense stage left behind from apollo 11 and the astronauts left scientific instruments on the surface and of course you know about the famous flag. there is a lot of just waste and gear that was no longer needed for the return trip home. they tossed it out the door before taking off from the moon. all those are still there and we hope a lot of them are still intact. >> buzz aldrin joked, who wants my urine bag. but there is valuable stuff up there. who are we protecting it from? >> we're on the verge, i think, of commercial enterprises
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launching recovery rove -- rovers to the moon, there is one a contest to put one on the moon. you can imagine one of the commercial companies driving up to photograph it for its publicity value. you don't want those commercial firms trespassing or tracking their wheel ruts across the boot prints left by the astronauts 40 years ago. nor do you want the chinese in a few years perhaps arriving and taking one of our flags back. >> look, there have been six manned apollo missions, a bunch of unmanned missions launched by the u.s., former soviet union, european space agency. we're looking at a foot print, it may have been the famous left foot print of neil armstrong as he stepped on the moon. do you think it's still there? >> i think neil's first boot print was probably shuffled over by all the work that neil and buzz did on the surface in the
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ensuing two hours of their moon walk. i doubt they preserved that particular one. but with boot prints they did leave will be there for millions of years if they're left untouched. how do we handle questions of tourism in the future? it's a good move by the california historical commission to think about protecting these resources before we actually come to the point where they're about to be destroyed. >> i was curious because, how do they have the authority for something that's on the moon? then i read the statute relating to it and actually it doesn't specify and that they can name other locations beyond their territorial borders. how, in your judgment, do we best protect these things? >> i think that what california is doing is raising the profile of thinking about these historical artifacts for future generations and because of the link of california there with the space industry, they built the apollo command ship, built and developed engine, they've got a close connection. it's raising the profile and i hope the federal government and even the united nations will
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take measures to protect the historical resource. i think, in fact, california hopes to see these declared as world heritage sites in the future. >> were you disappointed with nasa's budget announcement on monday? >> we're getting the details in a couple of days. but i am pessimistic that there will be a move fort u.s. to continue our plans to go back to the moon and go into deep space. i think if that is true, then we're going to see what i think is a big retraction in our leadership capability around the world and in high-tech nothing and i think it's not consistent with the american spirit. >> tom jones, former astronaut, always great to have you with us. thanks so much. >> you're welcome, gregg. and this is a fox news alert. did you watch the movie, "in black "? one of the actors in jail. rip torn, arrested for breaking into a bank while intoxicated with a gun. the 78-year-old actor, by the way, he was the guy's boss,
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apparently. i don't really remember him in the movie. >> how could you? >> i'm sorry. i hope he doesn't remember this night. he was pretty drunk. it might be in his best interest because the intoxicated actor was taken into custody and booked on numerous criminal charges, including burglary and possession of a firearm without a permit. he was held on $100,000 bond. a he's scheduled for court on monday. last year apparently this is not his first run in with the law because last year, torn was given probation in a connecticut drunken driving case and granted permission to enter an alcohol education program. he also has two previous drunkennen driving arrests in new york. a spokesman for him hasn't immediately returned phone calls yet. too bad for torn. >> yes. >> the 9-11 trials could soon be moved elsewhere. the one big factor that likely doomed the justice department of trying the mastermind on -- and four others in new york city coming up next.
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fox news weather alert. let's look at sol of the video we've gotten in from oklahoma where hundreds of thousands of people are still without power. you can see the ice on the power lines. in some cases, over an inch of ice on the ground, on the power line, on the trees. of course, that's just wreaking havoc across the state. some of the interstates were shut down. many accidents. they're saying the power outages could be continuing well into next week and for the next two weeks. so this is what we are dealing with in terms of winter weather. let's take a live look at washington, d.c. where the snow is taping off -- tapering off. what a beautiful shot of the white house. over three inches of show. temperatures 18 degrees right now and with the winds it feels like 3 degrees. so very cold across the mid atlantic and northeast. looks beautiful there. the storm system is moving across the coast and should be out of the way by overnight
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tonight. but the temperatures are going to remain chilly. i'm janice dean. # bottom of the hour, time for top of the news. a doctor on the ground in haiti says hundreds of patients will die in a day or two unless the u.s. government resumes medical evacuations to the united states. those flights temporarily suspended. the problem? florida's governor is asking the federal government to help pay the medical bills. >> former president george h.w. bush decided to drop in on his old digs. mr. bush and his son, jeb, stopping by the white house today. the pair were in washington fortuner and wanted to say hello to president obama. police firing water cannons on a crowd of about 100 protesters in switzerland. the anti--capitalist and local green party groups are there to protest the annual world economic forum.
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another japanese auto maker issuing a massive recall. honda recalling 140,000 hatch backs in the u.s. and nearly 650,000 world wide. the problem, a glitch that could cause water to enter the power window switch, causing components to overheat or even catch fire. the recall coming on the heels of toyota recalling millions of its vehicles due to those faulty gaspeddals causing vehicles to accelerate without prompt to go dangerous speeds. let's go live to laura ingle with the very latest. hi. >> hi. toyota customers and dealers have been anxious about getting the problem fixed and there are solutions coming. i just talked with the toyota spokesperson who was able to shed a little more light on the game plan here. there has been talk of manufacturing new gas pedals for the recalled cars and trucks and talk of repairing the existing one. right now toyota says they plan to start down the path to develop both of those options. the toyota media rep i spoke to
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said they're not ready to talk to us about the details and that they are right now finalizing the plan. this announcement is expected to come monday morning and parts could be on the way as soon as thursday or friday, according to one dealer, at least. toyota president did talk with japanese public broadcaster overnight at the world economic forum in switzerland. here is what he said. people can feel safe driving in the current situation. please trust that we are responding so it won't be even -- it will be safer. honda is dealing with a voluntary world wide recall. this is about the 2007-2008 fit model. it has a problem with the driver's master power window switch. reps say too much water hits the inside of the driver's door, the panel can smoke, melt and ignite. so if you open your door in a downpour or drop coffee while you're trying to get into the vehicle, you could have a real problem. there have been two fires in the
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u.s. honda will notify customers by mail. toyota is getting ready to run an open letter tomorrow and monday in the top markets in the u.s. the ad is one of the first moves to address the public on the safety problem. so we continue to follow this one. >> laura ingle, thank you very much. >> gregg? >> the defense department beginning the process of lifting its ban on gays in the military. defense secretary robert gates expected to announce an investigation on tuesday into the don't ask, don't tell policy. but military officials need to figure out how the ban can be lifted without hurting troop morale or enlistments. sources say the review will take the rest of the year to complete. but it will ultimately advance president obama's goal of repealing the ban. iran put 16 opposition supporters detained during anti--government protests last month on trial. the country state media reporting the accused face charges ranging from plotting against the establishment to
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violating security regulations, five of those on trial accused of defying god, a charge that could carry the death penalty. today's prosecutions follow the execution on thursday of two men convicted of involvement in anti--government ruse. this could be an attempt to intimidate the opposition. a new round of street demonstrations expected next month. after all the political bickering over whether to hold the 9-11 terror trials in new york city, it may boil down to one thing. money. mayor bloomberg did a 180 on his decision when he realized it could cost the city a billion dollars in security fees. what does it cost to secure a and i in that situation? our next guest was responsible for planning for that do you remember the rudy guiliani administration. let's bring in the former new
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york police detective. great to see you. >> good afternoon. >> if it's true that the white house is retreating, why? is it money? is it risk? is it sort of nightmareish inconvenience of people who live in manhattan? is it that it never made sense? >> i think it's all of them. i think you hit the nail on the head with all four reasons. i think the security nightmare to lower manhattan and the fact that community groups and other people and businesses and the police department have all said, what are we doing here and what is this going to do to our city? commissioner kelly this week came out and said it would raise the terror alert in manhattan and new york city one degree up, just to have the terror trials here. not to mention the logcal problems it would cause. >> yeah. senator feinstein, who chairs the intel committee in the u.s. senate, sent a letter to the president urging him to move it
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out of lower manhattan. and her argument was that the christmas day plot is evidence of a continuing effort by terrorists to strike the united states. then she argued this, let's put it up on the screen. new york city has been a high priority target since at least the first world trade center bombing in 1993. the trial of the most significant terrorist in custody would add to that threat. i take it from your comments you agree with that, but what would it take to secure it? >> you're talking about hundreds of police officers, uniformed and undercover officers, not to mention emergency service officers taking up points around the courthouse and around lower manhattan. you're talking about the logiccal problems of moving the suspects to the white courthousd to where they were held every day. the nightmares with traffic, as well as mobilizing the f.b.i. and the new york city police department, command centers to follow up on any leads on terrorism every single day and
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sent to the task force out every single day on leads that may be developed. >> just the police checkpoints and the vehicle searches and so forth would render lower manhattan essentially a fortress and the damage to retail and other businesses there would be incalculatable. to what extent is an alternative site -- let's say, for example, a rural area or remote region, how much is that easier to protect? >> well, a military base -- listen, i personally don't feel it should be anything other than a military trial, but if you're going to try him in a regular court under regular rules in the united states of america, you have the same nightmare no matter where you put them. if you put them on a military base or in a secure area already, you minimize the amount of security you have to plan for and the logcal problems on a day-to-day problems with police and military. >> you may remember when the
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announcement was made in november by the attorney general eric holder. he stressed the importance of symbolism of trying khalid shaikh mohammed near the site of his heinous deeds. risking the safety of more american lives, is it not, is a pretty large price to pay for symbolism? >> i think that the price of symbolism to the city of new york alone, we're not even including the federal bill, would be probably upwards of a billion dollars. that's what the mayor has looked at. not to mention as we talked about, all the problems and logistical nightmares it would cause the people of the city and it would put the cross hairs on the city of new york for some nut, some terrorist nut to do something else anywhere else in the city while the trial is going on, just to emphasize their cause. >> thanks very much for being with us. good to see you. >> gregg, good seeing you again. >> for the first time, a popular
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roth ira is available to anyone. now is this the time for you to open one? consumer reports on the dos and don'ts of opening a roth ira next.
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the annual bridal bonanza. >> looks like an utter nightmare something to think about as you prepare for your tax return this year. for the first time ever, listen up. anyone can actually apply for a roth ira, regardless of your income. these individual retirement accounts are popular because they can give you tax free income in retirement, but given the instability of the market in recent years, should you be opening one? the do's and don'ts outlined in the february issue of consumer reports and with us now is the magazine's executive editor. thank you very much for coming on. so should we open roth ira's? >> well, like a lot of things, it depends. the good thing about a roth is you don't have to pay taxes on it when you take that money out. the bad thing is if you're converting into a roth, you'll have to pay taxes on your old ira. >> what if you have a retirement account currently with your current employer?
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>> well, if you have a 401(k) plan or something, when you leave that employer, you can roll it into an ira. you might want to consider it rolling it into a roth. there will be tax implications. you got to weigh what future taxes might be. if it pays to sit down and do the numbers before you get too excited about the tax free income. >> apparently you still face income limits. >> you do if you want to open a new roth ira this year. they've eliminated the income limits on converting, but if you want a new one, there are limits are 150 for individuals. you can get around it by opening a traditional ira and using the new law to convert it. >> how do you know if this is a good course of action for your money? what are the do's and the don't when is it comes to considering this, because tax time is right around the corner. >> right. i think in addition to the taxes, tax implication, one big feature of the roth ira and probably the best one is that you don't have to take withdrawals in retirement. with other ira's when you turn
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70 and a half, you have to start taking it out. if you're lucky enough to have money you won't need, you can take that money and not touch it and leave it to your heirs and then that's an ira for them and tax free for them. >> if you have a 401(k), and you want to open up a roth ira after you leave your job, a lot of people have 401(k)s and are laid off, they're unemployed. we're always told do not borrow from a 401(k). that has been sort of the lesson a lot of economists have said. do not let that be your last ditch effort to get money. what about roth ira's? >> well, we would agree with, first of all, but not touching that 401(k) money unless you absolutely have to. it should really be your last resort. when you start putting money in ira's, look at roths. and another thing about roths and a lot of financial decisions is it doesn't have to be all of one thing. you can have some roth ira's where you'll not be taxed on it and some traditional ones where the money goes in tax free, but
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you'll be taxed later. that might make a lot of sense. >> the market stability, is that something we should worry about, because you look at the markets and think, i don't know. do i want to put my money into a government funded program? >> well, i think that's a concern for a lot of people. but long-term, your money is going to have to grow and i think the market, with all its ups and downs is your best hope of growing your money. >> all right. greg, thank you very much from "consumer reports." appreciate you coming in. >> the economic slump is lead to go all kinds of changes these days. some folks are packing up their shovels and heading out into the desert. they're looking for a golden opportunity. casey stegall is checking it out. hey. >> that they are. but finding the gold is actually a lot more difficult than it sounds. we'll show you how the pros are doing it with the modern take gold rush, coming up in a live report here from gold it would, arizona, next. ÷÷÷÷÷÷÷÷d
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checking the top stories, china reacting to u.s. plans to sell taiwan $6.4 billion in weapons. beijing halting military exchanges with the u.s., punishing certain u.s. arms makers and warning that the proposed sale will hurt relations between the two countries. u.s. and afghan officials are calling it a case of mistaken identity. four afghan soldiers were killed when nato troops clashed with afghan soldiers and called it an air strike. the nationality of the nato troops isn't clear. nato says the incident is under investigation. toyota motor getting the green light from federal regulators on a solution for the company's sticky gas pedals. an official announcement is expected on monday morning. sources say dealers could get new parts for the fix as early as thursday. have you noticed the price of gold lately, now going for
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more than 1,000 bucks an ounce? that is bringing out modern day prospectors. that's spark ago new gold rush of sorts. but this time folks aren't heading to the hills in california. they're heading to arizona. weekend warriors digging deep and looking to strike it rich. casey stegall is live in goldfield, arizona. casey, are you standing on a gold mine there? >> reporter: i am. first of all, the mayor of goldfield likes the way you say goldfield. goldfield, arizona. we are standing on a mine, believe it or phon it's way below ground. there are 50 active mines believed to be all around this region around the superstition mountains and the history is just incredible. in fact, arizona became a booming gold area in the 18 90s after the 49 gold rush in california with those 50 active mine, the story goes that only 15 or so actually yielded gold. but they say that they produced millions and millions of dollars
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worth of gold at that time, gregg. that was when it was about $20 an ounce and just as you said, it's well over $1,000 an ounce. so that is bringing an awful lot of folks out here. but the history just incredible, as you walk through this replica town that was once very booming with miners and what not back in the day. >> yeah. hope you have your boots and maybe a stetson nearby. what are the chances of an average person actually finding treasure? >> reporter: i hate to break a lot of people's hearts, but it's pretty low because you don't just go around and put your pick in the ground and you strike gold. it's not that simple. i know the miners that have been out here devoting their life to this wish it were that easy. but basically what happens is the gold embeds itself deep in the rock and minerals, so they have to dig and dig and dig and then they have to take out all of the rock, crush it, pulverize it, process it, before they actually get the gold out. so it is a pretty big process. although that is still not keeping the people away with their metal detectors and what
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not in hopes of finding treasure. but as we told you in the last hour, gregg, we understand it's a little difficult to pinpoint just how many people are in superstition mountains in search of treasure because they got to keep those locations top secret in case they do find it. that way they can keep it all for themselves. no sharing at over $1,000 an ounce. >> no kidding. great report. thanks very much. >> thanks. >> that's going to do it for us. stay tuned for rick, juliette. the latest on the toyota recall and the proposed fix of those sticky gaspeddals. >> i'lling back in an hour. hope to see you then one hour from now.
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hello, everybody. welcome to a brand-new hour inside america's news headquarters. >> topping the news this hour, the winter storm is blanketing the southeast with a lot of snow. heavy snow and it's headed north. we have the fox cast. >> reports that toyota has gotten the green light for federal regulators to begin trying to fix millions of cars with sticky gas pedals. >> a tragic case of friendly fire in afghanistan. age surmounting. good news for toyota following massive recalls due to faulty gas pedals. we've been talk being this all day. the u.s. government reportedly approving the company's plan to fix the problem. this as another japanese car maker announce has recall of